Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that some of the challenges Nigeria is facing at the national level still exist at the state and local levels.
He stated that restructuring alone cannot solve all the problems in the country, noting that a change in mindset is as important as restructuring itself.
Jonathan spoke at the 18th Daily Trust Dialogue held on Thursday in Abuja and themed “Restructuring: Why? How?”
He said, “My conviction is that discussion on restructuring will not help except we restructure our minds because some of the challenging issues at the national level still exist at the state and local levels
“For instance, in some states, it is not easy for some persons to win an election because of the area they come from. The language they speak or their religious belief.
“Take a look at how local government elections are conducted at the state level. Why is it very difficult for an opposition party to win a chairmanship or councillorship seat in a state, despite the fact that the same party probably secured seats in the state Assembly and National Assembly elections, organised by a federal election management body?
“This shows that restructuring alone may not solve all the anomalies in the system.”
Jonathan was also the Chairman of the event attended by prominent Nigerians such as he immediate past President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo; a chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and the Chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Chief Audu Ogbeh.
Other attendees include the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega; media entrepreneur and founder of Daria Media, Kadaria Ahmed among others.